The Versatility of Cognac

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As the saying goes, all Cognac is brandy – but not all brandy is Cognac. Cognac is distilled wine, or brandy, and often referred to as eau de vie. Of course, in order to be called Cognac, the brandy must be made according to strictly-defined regulations, and it must also come from the Cognac region in France. Located about a hundred miles north of Bordeaux, this twenty-mile area is called the “golden circle,” encompassing Cognac and the second distilling town of Jarnac.

During our recent visit to the Cognac region, we had the opportunity to visit with a number of producers to learn much more than we ever imagined about this fascinating beverage. Join us as we talk with Jérôme Durand, Director of Marketing and Communications for the BNIC, or Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac, to get a better sense of Cognac’s historical place in the world of wine.

To find out more information:

Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac: www.cognac.fr

If you like this interview check out our previous show:

All About Cognac: Show #172

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4 Responses to “The Versatility of Cognac”


  1. 1 Pierre Sep 11th, 2009 at 8:19 am

    If you want to know more about one of the symbols of French « art de vivre » and luxury, I’ve found somethig very interesting at:

    http://www.numberwine.eu/cognac-was-born-somewhere-between-london-and-rotterdam.html

    Enjoy!

  2. 2 Darren Futagaki Feb 9th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Hello, I am in the Bay Area San Francisco CA. and have a question regarding Bartering or trading cognac seeing I am not a dealer or have a alcohol license.
    I inhereted 6 bottles of A. Hardy 50 year old Noces D’Or Special Reserve Captain Decanter.
    I am not a drinker of fine cognac and would like this to go someone whom appreciates this type of cognac.

    Thank you very much,
    Darren Futagaki

  3. 3 Hermann Mar 22nd, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Hi there,
    I found a really interesting article about the BNIC on that Cognac specialist blog. It has some interesting insights about the BNIC and its relation to the big players.

    http://blog.cognac-expert.com/open-house-bnic-institution/

    Thanks for the interview, that’s really great.

    @Darren: you should perhaps sell it on ebay or contact the cognatheke in Cognac.

  4. 4 Joe Apr 27th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Hi there,
    I found a really interesting article about the BNIC on that Cognac specialist blog. It has some interesting insights about the BNIC and its relation to the big players.

    http://blog.cognac-expert.com/open-house-bnic-institution/

    Thanks for the interview, that’s really great.

    @Darren: you should perhaps sell it on ebay or contact the cognatheke in Cognac.

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